I am now seeing Ruby-throated Hummingbirds here in my yards. Because I have four hanging pots full of pink and purple flowers on my front porch, my yard is popular with not only the Carolina Wrens, but also the hummingbirds. I have only seen the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds here and not any of the Rufus. These tiny little birds are truly fantastic. They have long thin bills which they use to gather nectar in tube-like flowers. They hover and beat their wings quite fast. They are quick in flight. I like how they look with their emerald-green feathers and white-collar with a bright pink-to-red colored band just at the neck.
The hummingbirds love the nectar that they collect from flowers. They are naturally attracted to pink, red, purple and orange flowering plants. I do have a hummingbird feeder, but I have not yet seen any of the tiny birds using it. Of course, with all the natural nectar around, well, why bother? When my Fuchsia plants stop blooming, then the feeder will become more attractive to the birds. These hummingbirds have travelled a long way as they Winter in Central America and in Southern Texas. I took these pictures from my front window on May 27, 2011. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!